The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research (TKFD) SYLFF scholarship program call for 2023 has been announced. The offer is intended for students of doctoral programs in the social sciences or humanities and provides financial support for a period of up to two years for the preparation of a dissertation and other research activities.

Applications are submitted by students at the address no later than April 29, 2023.

Please send the application as 1 file in English in pdf format with a label in the following format (eg: Novák_FSV_2023).

Two candidates will be selected from the applications received and will be nominated for the second round of the selection procedure at the rectorate of the Charles University. The evaluation of applicants by the rector's committee is independent of the evaluation by the faculty. The selection committee reserves the right to pre-select and invite only selected candidates to an oral interview. Two candidates will emerge from the UK selection process, who will be nominated by the Japanese Foundation for Charles University. The decision on the selection of applicants will be known by 7/15/2023.

The SYLFF scholarship is now also open to foreign students enrolled in a regular study program at the UK. In addition to the SYLFF scholarship, students can now draw on other financial support if two conditions are met:

1) ensuring the transparency of funding

2) avoidance of double funding.

More information below.

Online meeting for application procedure

An online information meeting will be held on April 6 at 4:00 p.m. for those interested in the SYLFF scholarship.

Link to the meeting:

Meeting in Microsoft Teams

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 330 894 313 649 Access code: QAVxB3

The information meeting is organized for potential scholarship applicants and will be held in English. The meeting will provide detailed information about the program, including its goals, rules and application procedures.

Conditions and applications

The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research (TKFD) SYLFF scholarship program supports the education of outstanding students with leadership potential. Its goal is to identify and nurture personalities who can overcome differences in nationality, language, ethnic origin, religion and political systems in solving global problems.

Full-time doctoral students in the social or humanities can apply for up to a two-year scholarship to prepare or complete their dissertation.

The applicant must primarily meet the following criteria:

  • the student must be in the 3rd year of full-time doctoral studies at most at the time of submitting the application
  • the student must be enrolled to study at the UK during the entire period of receiving the scholarship.

The applicant's application must be submitted in English in pdf format and must include the following documents:

  • Candidate application: SYLFF Application Form
  • Form The candidate's CV with an indication of previous publishing, scientific or artistic activity (max. 2 A4 pages)
  • Motivation letter (max. 1.5 A4 pages)
  • Trainer's recommendation letter: Recommendation letter

You can find more information here.


Head of International Office, Mgr. Michaela Rudinská, e-mail: